The Castle is a 1997 Australian comedy-drama film directed by Rob Sitch . It starred Michael Caton , Anne Tenney , Tiriel Mora , Stephen Curry , Sophie Lee , Eric Bana (in his film debut) and Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell . The screenwriting team comprised Sitch, Santo Cilauro , Tom Gleisner and Jane Kennedy of Working Dog Productions .
The Castle was filmed in 11 days on a budget of approximately A $ 750,000 .  The film gained widespread acclaim in Australia and New Zealand, but was not widely distributed globally. It grossed A $ 10,326,428 at the box office in Australia.